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The Irresistible Allure of Chocolate Chip Cookies: Chunky Chocolate Bar Edition

Updated: Sep 17, 2023



In the world of delectable treats, few can compete with the universal charm of chocolate chip cookies. The mere mention of these golden-brown delights is enough to elicit smiles and trigger cravings. But what is it about these cookies that makes them so irresistibly good, especially when they're adorned with generous chunks of chocolate bars?


In this blog, we're about to embark on a journey into the delightful world of chocolate chip cookies, exploring their history, the fascinating tale of Van Houten, and the magic that ensues when chocolate bars are transformed into chunky pieces. So grab a glass of milk, settle into a comfy spot, and let's unravel the secrets behind the undeniable allure of these treats.


The Origins of Temptation: A Brief History


The origins of chocolate chip cookies can be traced back to the early 1930s when a true kitchen miracle occurred. Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, stumbled upon the ingenious idea of adding chunks of a semi-sweet chocolate bar into her buttery cookie dough. This happy accident gave birth to what we now know as the quintessential chocolate chip cookie. The Toll House Inn's popularity skyrocketed as word of this delectable creation spread like wildfire. Soon enough, Wakefield's innovation paved the way for the mass production of chocolate chips by none other than Nestlé.


Van Houten: The Chocolate Connection

To truly appreciate the indulgence of chocolate chip cookies, it's essential to delve into the history of chocolate itself. One name that stands out in the annals of chocolate history is Van Houten. In the early 19th century, Dutch chemist and chocolate maker Coenraad Johannes Van Houten revolutionized the chocolate industry with his invention of the cocoa press. This groundbreaking process allowed cocoa solids to be separated from cocoa butter, resulting in the creation of cocoa powder. This innovation not only paved the way for the creation of modern hot chocolate but also made it possible to incorporate chocolate into various recipes, including the iconic chocolate chip cookies.


The Chunky Chocolate Bar Transformation

While traditional chocolate chips have their charm, there's an enchanting allure in using chocolate bars chopped into chunky pieces in cookie dough. The contrast of textures, as the cookie batter bakes and the chocolate chunks melt and meld, creates a symphony of sensations in every bite. These indulgent chunks provide bursts of rich chocolatey goodness, elevating the cookie experience to new heights. Whether it's dark, milk, or white chocolate, the distinct flavors of the chocolate bars harmonize with the cookie's buttery base, resulting in a taste that lingers long after the last crumb has disappeared.


The Perfect Accompaniments

While chocolate chip cookies are undoubtedly divine on their own, certain accompaniments can take the experience to the next level. Picture this: a warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie paired with a chilled glass of milk. The timeless combination of a slightly crispy exterior and a soft, gooey interior, contrasted by the refreshing coolness of milk, creates a symphony of flavors and textures that's hard to resist. For those seeking a more sophisticated pairing, a velvety scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies creates a dessert that's both elegant and indulgent.


Beyond the Classic: Flavorful Variations

While the classic chocolate chip cookie holds a special place in our hearts, innovative bakers and pastry chefs have taken this timeless treat to new heights. Variations such as salted caramel chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies, and even matcha-infused chocolate chip cookies cater to a wide range of tastes. The use of high-quality chocolate bars, chopped into generously sized pieces, can amplify the taste of these variations, making each bite a delightful adventure.


Mmmm... I know at this point this makes you want to bake a good batch of chunky chocolate chip cookies. Worry no more, because you can follow Motherbee's easy recipe made even better with Van Houten Professional Chocolate Bars.



Ingredients

1 Cup Butter

2 ¼ Cup All-purpose flour

¼ Cup Cocoa powder

1 teaspoon Salt

½ teaspoon Baking powder

½ teaspoon Baking soda

3 Tablespoons Glucose

1 Cup Brown sugar

1/3 Cup White sugar

1 piece Whole egg

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1 Kilogram Van Houten Professional Chocolate (cut into chunks)


Procedure

  1. In a bowl, cream the butter until the color turns pale yellow.

  2. Add in the sugars and glucose. Mix until well incorporated.

  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix using a spatula until well incorporated.

  5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and then mix well.

  6. Add about half of the chocolate chunks into the batter and mix well.

  7. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and scoop the cookie dough, leaving about 1-2 inches of spacing for each to allow the dough to spread evenly.

  8. Roll each dough into a ball. Press the dough to flatten a bit and add the leftover chocolate chunks on top of each pressed cookie doughball.

  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 150° C (302° F).




In the world of confectionery delights, chocolate chip cookies stand as a testament to the power of simple yet ingenious culinary creations. Their history is a tale of accidental brilliance, their transformation marked by the mastery of chocolate, and their allure perpetuated by the irresistible charm of chunky chocolate bar pieces. Whether enjoyed with a glass of milk, a scoop of ice cream, or simply savored in their unadulterated form, chocolate chip cookies hold a special place in our hearts and taste buds. So the next time you find yourself reaching for that warm, golden cookie with its delectable chunks of chocolate, remember the journey it has taken to become the symbol of sweet indulgence that it is today.


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